Constitutional Hill

Nkandla: Why is the ANC protecting the Emperor who is not wearing any clothes?

Members of the ANC and the government it leads often complain about the unfair manner in which the non-SABC sector of the media portrays the party and the government. And it is true that some members of the media suffer from a form of Afro-pessimism and do not often dwell on the government’s successes and achievements. After all, many white middle class consumers of the media do not want to read about what is going well in the country because this does not accord with their own prejudiced view of the ANC. But sometimes the government and the ANC can only blame itself for the bad publicity that rains down on it. Nothing illustrates this point better than the manner in which the government and the ANC have so far handled the Nkandla scandal.

A lesson very few democratic governments ever learn is that when a big scandal like the Nkandla palace upgrade breaks, the worst thing you can do is to try and hide information about the scandal from journalists and the public. When you do this, you give the scandal legs. In a democracy like ours, some if not all of the facts will eventually be revealed – usually in a piecemeal fashion – allowing journalists to continue reporting on the scandal. If you come clean from the start and reveal all the sordid facts, the scandal will die down after the initial flurry of reporting and condemnatory editorials. Journalists have a notoriously short attention span and in the absence of stories on how the government is trying to cover up the use of public funds to enrich the President, it would not report on the Nkandla scandal.

The reason why we are all still talking and writing about the Nkandla scandal – centred around the use of over R200 million of public funds to improve the private palace of President Jacob Zuma at Nkandla – is because the government, bizarrely, continues to claim that Nkandla is a “National Key Point” and that revealing any information about how the money was spent on this private residence would endanger national security and the security of the President.

This move places the interests of President Zuma above the interests of the ANC and the government it leads. Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi now has to defend the indefensible, damaging his own image and that of the government in the process – all to protect the Emperor of Nkandla. Nxesi can surely not really believe that it is right to invoke a draconian apartheid era piece of  legislation to protect Zuma, whose financial advisor was convicted of bribing the President? Why the ANC has not intervened to protect itself from the political fall-out of their leader’s spendthrift ways is beyond me. Why are they putting the interests of one man above the interests of the party and the country?

The unconvincing attempts at hiding the truth about the abuse of public funds to enrich the President are also counter-productive. Both the scandal and (probably even more so) the attempt at a cover-up, continue to damage the President’s image and create the unfortunate impression that our President sees himself as an old style Emperor who is entitled to draw on public funds to ensure his private comforts and that of his extended family.

This week Minister Thulas Nxesi wrote a letter to National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu informing him that he wants the details of a task team report on the upgrade of President Zuma’s Nkandla palace to be discussed by MPs behind closed doors and “in camera” if necessary. He called the report a “sensitive” matter, by which I can only assume he meant that it is a matter that could embarrass the Emperor. He wrote that tabling the report in Parliament would be “tantamount” to debating a state security matter in public. (By the way, is this increasing use of the word “tantamount” by members of our government not at least a bit scary? I recall how various apartheid era Ministers contemptuously spat out that word whenever they wanted to intimidate their critics. ”His criticism is tantamount to giving comfort to communists and terrorists!”)

In a pointless attempt at hiding the truth about this scandal, Nxesi then continued:

Therefore I propose that the report be tabled and dealt with by a parliamentary committee responsible for security matters or that a mechanism be devised by Parliament that will permit the matter to be discussed without compromising the security of the president and his immediate family.

Section 59(1) of the Constitution states that the National Assembly must “conduct its business in an open manner, and hold its sittings, and those of its committees, in public.” This gives effect to some of the founding values of our Constitution, enshrined in section 1 of that document: “a multiparty system of democratic government, to ensure accountability, responsiveness and openness”. Section 59(2) further states that:

The National Assembly may not exclude the public, including the media, from a sitting of a committee unless it is reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society.

The Rules of Parliament confirms the need for openness and transparency but similarly allows for secret meetings to protect private parties and if it is reasonable and justifiable to do so in an open and democratic society. Of course, it can never be reasonable and justifiable in a democratic society to try and hide facts about the spending on public funds on the upgrade of the private palace of the head of state. As we all know, this is all part of a smoke and mirrors game played by the Minister in a futile attempt to protect the President. (I am assuming that no one who claims this is a national security issue actually believes this to be true.) There is nothing in the National Key Points Act that prohibits Parliament from discussing details of the amounts of public money spent on the private palace of the President – whether that palace was declared a National Key Point or not.

Section 10 of the Act prohibits any person from furnishing “any information relating to the security measures, applicable at or in respect of any National Key Point… without being legally obliged or entitled to do so”. The Minister is constitutionally required to account to the South African public for the spending of public funds via the National Assembly. There is therefore a constitutional obligation on him to reveal how and on whom the R200 million was wasted – although he is not required to reveal the actual security measures in place at Nkandla. The last time I checked, the Constitution trumps any law passed by the PW Botha regime, which means his attempt at avoiding accountability is not in line with the Constitution.

If there were really serious concerns about the safety of the President (who knows, maybe we are not being told about an imminent invasion of South Africa by the Lesotho navy), any aspects of the report dealing with actual security measures the National Assembly could deal with such circumscribed aspects of the report in camera, while the rest could be made public. Such justifiably “secret” information would relate to details about where guards are stationed, when they rotate, what weaponry they have at their disposal, the nature of the security barriers erected and what escape routs are available to allow the President to escape ahead of the invading Lesotho navy.

But because the report does not deal with the security measures in place at President Zuma’s private palace, this would mean it would have to be made public in its entirety. Instead, the report deals wholly or in large part with how much money was spent on what kinds of upgrades the public paid for at President Zuma’s private palace at Nkandla. Besides, even by his own admission, “only” R117 million of the more than R200 million was actually spent on security related cost. Even on a most generous interpretation of the facts, the Minister has a legal duty to reveal those parts of the report not dealing with the R117 million so called “security upgrades”.

Of course, all these attempts by Nxesi to protect his boss – despite the harm this is doing to the ANC and the government – are futile. If the report is tabled in camera in a special committee created for this purpose, any member of the National Assembly who sits on this secret committee could then reveal extracts from the report whenever they have an opportunity to do so during sittings of the National Assembly. This would be so even if one agreed with Nxesi’s bizarre statement that the National Key Points Act prohibit the report from being made public.

This is so because section 58 of the Constitution states that all members of the National Assembly “are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages for anything that they have said in, produced before or submitted to the Assembly or any of its committees; or anything revealed as a result of anything that they have said in, produced before or submitted to the Assembly or any of its committees.”

Opposition MPs could therefore not be prosecuted for revealing parts or all of the “secret” report in the Assembly. This just goes to show how futile Nxesi’s attempts at keeping details about the enrichment of our President will ultimately be. Given this fact, why he is bothering to protect his boss when this so clearly is not in the interest of the ANC and the government, perhaps says more about his own political ambitions and his lack of principles than it says about his loyalty to the ANC and to the citizens of South Africa.

  • Philz

    This is an outrageous amount of money that would be useful in many areas in our country where its desperately needed. Presidency seems like a game of making and spending as much money as you can while you’re still in power. What happened to leaders who put the interests of society before their own? Who fought for the better good even if it meant losing out on an extreme amount of cash flow. Let us not allow our past to cloud our judgement people and let us be driven by common sense rather than loyalty. We need a party that will put the needs of its people first. This scandal is distorting the image of the ANC and the fact that they’re not doing anything to ease the public’s suspicions shows their little or lack of commitment to the people of this country. Bottom line : we want answers

  • Maggs Naidu – GOOFY is FUBAR! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Eish!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Yes, if I were the ANC I would be hugely worried about the inevitable electoral BACKLASH. Our people are now FED UP with corruption, and may even vote the DA into power! We can only be thankful that our rich democratic culture means that the ANC cannot count on blind party loyalty.

    Thanks.

  • dave

    Hi Pierre

    A good read as always. However, I was left feeling slightly short-changed with regards to the heading of the article in relation to the content therein. I was expecting an analysis of WHY the ANC continues to defend Nkandla (which is indeed your heading) yet you went on to deal more with HOW the ANC is trying to defend it. Whilst I appreciate knowing from a legal perspective how ridiculous their attempts to do so might be, it still does not resolve for me the unfathomable logic behind the party’s position. Why, why, why would they defend (in your own words) the indefensible? To us it would seem so obviously self-destructive; what do they see that we don’t? This is the answer I am looking for! So please share your opinion on that.

    Many thanks.

  • SkyLukeWater

    All that Zuma will be remembered for are his afro-nudist-emperor tendencies that embarrass us all! But the worst of it all … he has repeatedly proven that the legal system can be used to work in his favor, to embarrass us all! Who do I thank for this? Anyone in this forum?

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    dave
    March 17, 2013 at 21:02 pm

    Dave,

    The defence of the indefensible is probably inspired by a drive toward a President-for-life.

    Mbeki opened those doors to heaven.

    Zuma will probably succeed.

    Those with their heads buried so deep up his A that you can see their shoulders, seem to be betting that he will.

    And Zuma is turning out to be a merciless demon – as the ANCYL and Limpopo PEC have learned today!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    March 17, 2013 at 21:30 pm

    “The defence of the indefensible is probably inspired by a drive toward a President-for-life.”

    Nah. That is not going to happen. Cde Zuma will just push our economy to the left. Not all the way perhaps, but a couple of degrees would certainly help the masses.

    Then he is going to retire peacefully, at Nkandla with his 10 wifes, 231 children, 2345 grand children and the much loved pack of African family dogs. He will have a braai with King Goodwell on public holidays and watch the virgins dance at the reed festival as he sits under a tree with the amakhosi and the elders sipping his homebrew African beer from the calabash.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    “Journalists have a notoriously short attention span and in the absence of stories on how the government is trying to cover up the use of public funds to enrich the President, it would not report on the Nkandla scandal.”

    Indeed. I remember the good old days when the ARMS DEAL scandal was your reason for living when it was all about Zuma. But now since BAE and most of the ANC are implicated you seem to have lost all appetite for that one?

    http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-01-18-amid-accusations-of-a-double-agenda-arms-deal-commission-loses-senior-investigator#.UUYjohxvUVY

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    So since this is yet another useless Nkandla thread [among hundreds of others].

    Lets discuss the following positive idea.

    “I think people should become more active in public education by participating in school governing bodies,” Heywood says, when asked what the advantaged could do to assist those with less privilege. “If your kids go to a private school, you should be more active in getting that school to twin with a public school so that there is less of a gulf between the two education systems in our country.”

    http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-03-15-dear-south-african-you-want-the-change-be-one/#.UUYrjRxvUVY

    Sounds like a brilliant idea ! Although I differ with maggs on what constitutes a “public school”. for me it is model-C and above.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Just a point of clarification. I mean “private school” is model-C and above.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Maggs, I say all this whinging about alleged ANC corruption will fall on def ears until we show that we are serious and even-handed critics, by directing equal attention to the astonishing corruption in the DA Volkstaat, and the plan to upgrade Madam Zille’ car to a 4 door Volvo, at huge state expense.

  • Barbara Harmel

    No further comments required, in my opinion, about the outrages of Nkandla, and the collusion by political parties which have hijacked the names of former liberation movements but bear virtually nothing in common with the originals. But I do take issue with your assertion that “many white middle class consumers of the media do not want to read about what is going well in the country because this does not accord with their own prejudiced view of the ANC.” I think many of us ‘white middle class consumers’, you included I’ve no doubt, would welcome news of some things at least being done well in our benighted country. Not contra our ‘prejudiced’ views of the ANC, but because we all need to believe that somewhere, some place, people who not already gagging on their ill-gotten gains but who are in real need are the beneficiaries of a hard-won struggle.

  • Paul Kearney

    As @dave notes PdV (as is often the case) fails to be precise and wafts off on a woolly re-hash of the “how’s”.

    Why do the “ANC” defend Zuma? Because it’s their (the particular individuals and their cohorts who came into “power” on the Zuma ticket) time to eat; bugger the citizenry. “President for life” maybe not but he’s making sure he’ll be very well looked after for life. We are facing Mugabe clones who see political power as an opportunity for personal enrichment. Finish and klaar. Doing their jobs is just incidental, a smokescreen for looting and a way to the riches so you need to pretend you are doing something. Is it done diligntly and honestly? No chance. All the effort is put into looting, from Zuma, through Manuel and Gordhan to the filth that is Malema, Manye and Mthembu. Maybe that is why PdV didn’t answer his own question: the answer is too simple and nasty for a delicate fellow like him.

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    March 18, 2013 at 0:41 am

    Dworky,

    I dunno about that stuff – but according to the City press, Zuma could be around for a loooooooooong time!

    The SA Institute of Race Relations calculated what could have been paid for by the state with the wasted R24.8 billion.

    They found that during the audited period:

    » The president’s salary could be paid for 9 000 years.

    http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/r25%E2%80%89billion-down-the-drain/

    Well – now WDYS?

  • Gwebecimele

    The ANCYL is about to join the ANCWL, SACP,MKVA and others in lalaland.

    Last night on “The Big Debate” apparently artists who were vocal in the past against oppression have no appetite to compose songs/plays about Marikana, Corruption, Poor Service Delivery etc. We have arrived.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Maggs, you may be right.

    Tell you one thing: In the same circumstances as 2009, I would support Mr Zuma again. That is because I so strongly believed in the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” on the so-called arms deal!

    Thanks.

  • Mike

    Nkandla is the manifestation of the Kwa-Zulu Natal equivalent of Chancellor House.
    The line of division between the state and ANC sycophants needs to be urgently drawn, promulgated and implemented as well as a qualified voting franchise where the tax payer, that special breed of human made up of all race groups and tribal afflictions actually have a say how thier money is being used and accountered for.
    Others to observe are the Crowie brothers and their relationship with Transnet.
    As JZ said, those businesses that look after the ANC will flourish, and then three days later we had the exposure of the water meter tender in JHB to Vivian Reddy which is now being investigated by the Hawks.

  • Maggs Naidu

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    March 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Dworky – well said!

  • Pen

    Everyone in the anc wants their turn in trough so they are not going to upset the apple cart any time soon. As far as they are concerned their grassroots supporters are mere puppets, come election time they will be given food parcels, t-shirts and maybe throw in a few rdp houses for good measure. This circus potraying a benevolent anc will be flighted on our unbiased state broadcaster for all to see.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Gwebecimele

    Hlaudi is going nowhere.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Constitutional crisis.

    Michael Hulley.

    Tapes.

  • Chris

    If you actually elect an emperor without clothes, knowing well that he does not have and never will have clothes, you are obliged for the rest of your life to pretend that he is fully clothed.

  • spoiler

    Sadly Chris, that about sums it up :(

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    “According to the Democratic Alliance, the “mass resignation” of six further SABC board members is tragic news for the public broadcaster that has been brought to its knees by political interference, vested interests, cronyism and corruption at all levels of the corporation.”

    Doesn’t make any sense. Shouldn’t the DA and the rest of us be celebrating when such incompetent and corrupt board members resign. Or are they not accountable/ responsible for the sad state of affairs? And if the the board are nor responsible/accountable then who the fuck is, or is it the al the janitors fault?

  • Zoo Keeper

    “white middle class consumers”.

    FFS Professor that is pathetic. That middle class pays the bulk of the taxes that the ANC consumes. That middle class is suitably fucked off with the situation.

    Problem for them is that they have to wait for a bunch of free-loaders who don’t pay tax to get as pissed off as they are. That ain’t happening soon so the ANC hegemony at the polls is unthreatened. Not even Agang is going to dent them.

    That is also why the tax base is shrinking. No-one who pays a decent amount of tax gets anything back. During the last budget chatter it was acknowledged that tens of billions of rands are “lost” by the ANC government.

    And the ANC’s amazing solution: Raise taxes to cover the loss. No recovery or stopping it, nothing beyond mealy-mouthed bullshit which means nothing.

    Its got so bad that Cyril Ramaphosa starts asking big business to help fund public education. Yes, that same public education they spend billion after fucking billion on and still can’t produce anybody who can read or write.

    Please enjoy supporting the ANC who are so pro-poor they’re locking more millions in poverty than even Verwoerd could have dreamed of.They really are sticking it to those pesky white middle class Apartheid beneficiaries aren’t they?

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 15:50 pm

    Hey ZooKy,

    “That middle class pays the bulk of the taxes that the ANC consumes.”

    Are you sure about that?

    Where did you get the figures?

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 15:50 pm

    Move out of WC ZooKy,

    “No-one who pays a decent amount of tax gets anything back.”

    In Gauteng we (who pay a decent amount of tax) have access to good roads, water, electricity, telephones, radio, TV, police, Home Affairs, schools and a lot more. Public health is mediocre but improving.

    And we have drive through shopping (+ repentance centres) at traffic lights.

    p.s. But lightening did strike my modem – twice!

    Government must investigate why lightening strikes modems of Black people only.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 15:50 pm

    “white middle class consumers”.

    “FFS Professor that is pathetic. That middle class pays the bulk of the taxes that the ANC consumes.”

    That is racist nonsense. Whites makes up only 30% of the middle and upper classes. But keep on repeating that lie.

  • Zoo Keeper

    OB

    You need to extract state employees from that middle class. Changes things dramatically.

  • Gwebecimele

    Maggs and Dworky

    What is your take on Zille and DA silence on visits to the compound where tea, cakes and curries are served??

    Helen will say, “It happens to the best of us”

    So there was never a plan to reach 100%

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/03/18/more-than-half-of-pupils-waiting-for-textbooks-survey

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 16:31 pm

    “You need to extract state employees from that middle class. Changes things dramatically.”

    That is not true either. About 60% of the Black middle class are employed in the private sector.

    “The report indicated an increase in the salaries earned by black civil servants and the proportion of black government employees.

    In the past 10 years, the percentage of black civil servants had increased from 42 to 74, and nearly 40% of South Africa’s highest-earning blacks were now government employees.”

    http://www.fin24.com/Economy/National-budget-spent-on-civil-servants-20121128

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    More openly xenophobic if not racist rubbish in our business media.

    “Everyone seems to leave the Gupta compound ( about four sizeable homes behind one wall) with money. It must be, erm, cultural.”

    “Anyway, readers of this column will know that the Guptas are deeply interested in SAA. I reported here years ago that they want a stake in the airline. I guess part of the problem is that a computer company wouldn’t make a really convincing partner for any struggling airline anywhere. Which probably means that the Guptas would, if they were ever to secure a stake in SAA (and if they don’t from a Zuma administration, they never will) they would somehow pass it on to, or through, or across, or over, an Indian airline.”

    Those corrupt, greedy, bargaining Indians – the Jews of Africa?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue
  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Gwebecimele
    March 18, 2013 at 16:52 pm

    Gwebs – is Bruce making sense to you?

    He sounds garbled!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Gwebs

    “What is your take on Zille and DA silence on visits to the compound where tea, cakes and curries are served??”

    I feel dazed an confused. BTW, do you think that RACISM motivated the dissolution of the ANCYL exco. I personally doubt it. But you never know!

    Thanks.

  • Zoo Keeper

    Ob

    This is obviously too hard.

    The wealthiest 40% ( and largest tax-paying lot) are government employees. Ergo, they are not actually paying tax because they are tax-paid in the first place. They should actually not pay any tax so we could discount them properly.

    Thing is, the government likes to keep them in the figures so it looks rosy.

    60% of the rest does not compute because 40% of the wealthiest are state-paid. It just means the wealthiest are state-paid, not that only 40% are state-paid!

    Even so, if you take out 40% of the 70% you’re left with 42% versus 30%. If you took out the rest of State-paid employees, you’ll find the demographics get a little harder.

    Even so. Whether they are white or not is besides the point. The point is that there is a very, very tiny tax base which is supporting a huge burden which is just getting heavier.

    Did you know that most of the income tax burden rests on the shoulders of just 23 000 individuals? Yes, a couple of million are registered, but these 23 000 are the bulk payers. The Big Boys who actually make SA go round. Most of the rest of those registered for income tax get exemptions so don’t pay much at all.

    The Professor loves to insult this bunch, especially if some are white, but without them this country is fucked. Good and proper.

    If a substantial portion of that 23 000, who have money and can move it around, decide to up sticks and go with their companies to greener pastures up north (in Africa mind you, its booming north of the Limpopo), this country is fucked. There is no other way of putting it.

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 18:39 pm

    ZooKy,

    “The point is that there is a very, very tiny tax base which is supporting a huge burden which is just getting heavier.”

    You still haven’t supported that contention.

    How much of the national fiscus is from the “very tiny tax base”?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Zoo Keeper
    March 18, 2013 at 18:39 pm

    None of waht you wrote up there made any sense. This was very clear from the article: “and nearly 40% of South Africa’s highest-earning blacks were now government employees.”

    I.E. 60% of wealthy (middle/upper class Blacks) are in the private sector. We also know that around 70% of the middle/upper class in South Africa are Black – including the 60% that comes from private sector.

    So your racist bragging about whites paying all the taxes is simply put – rubbish.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    You are a raceest, Maggs! Just because Gauteng has most of the country’s white people it does not follow the roads are good , the water drinkable, we have electricity, telephones, radio, TV, police, Home Affairs, schools and a lot more!

    P.s. No-one is twisting your arm to use a white modem!

    Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    March 18, 2013 at 16:02 pm

  • SkyLukeWater

    Pierre, is there anything in the constitution that protects us from a president’s incompetence or repeated stupidity, other than trying to catch him out in some or other scandal (which will end up being cock-blocked by one of his disciples anyway)? Is there a stupidity clause we should know about?

    Eskom, Telkom, SAA, SABC… what else did I forget ? All on his watch…

    All he does is accept bribes and money…

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 18, 2013 at 19:58 pm

    Hayibo Goofy,

    “P.s. No-one is twisting your arm to use a white modem!”

    I got a BLACK modem dude.

    The WHITE ones are veeeeeeeeeery faulty (probably weak and easily corrupted too).

    :P

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Then why did you try lightening it?

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Immoral business leaders who offer cash for tenders are as culpable as the ANC in the rampant corruption tearingthe country apart, says veteran judge Zak Yacoob.

    ”Many people think that [the] government is corrupt. But the fact of the matter is that corruption is a two-way process,” the retired Constitutional Court judge said at a public lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban yesterday.

    ”Let’s start blaming business,” he said. ”They are the ones who start the process of giving money and government officials accepting it.

    ”If the immoral big business people didn’t start exchanging money for tenders, we would not have corruption in our society.”

    Yacoob did not spare the government, saying: ”The theft of the government’s money is very serious and people in government need to change.

    ”Unless the ANC looks deep [into] the corruption culture within itself, the problem will not go away. The ANC as [the] government and ruling party needs to look inside itself if it wants to fight and win the battle against the scourge of corruption.”

    That the government was spending huge amounts of money on cases related to corruption was of great concern, he said.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/03/19/judge-stop-the-rot-now

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 18, 2013 at 23:32 pm

    LOL Brett – nice to see you have a funny side!

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    March 19, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Maggs, tap that guy against the head and tell him I’m indicating he must shut up and sit down. Tell him no-one is interested in his silly twofaced opinion. Tell him he set the tone for the corruption and maladministration in South Africa when he wrote that judgement for Swartbooi.
    Now he is here trying to argue moral equivalency between black and white in the corruption racking our country. Sies!

    In the big people world there is a price to pay if you fukk up.

    Track records matter. Even if you are ANC and there is no such thing as an objective reality.

    The simple truth is the difference between right and wrong does not matter much to black electorates. That is why African countries are basket cases. Kenya has just elected a leader trying to dodge the ICC. He is accused of masterminding the violence that led to the deaths of thousands of people when his father’s liberation movement/ political party lost power in Kenya’s previous election. E.g: Kenya’s airlline was known as Air Kenyatta.

    That family shipped the ivory of tens of thousands of elephants they had poached on it.

    If you looked at the Fabricius article in Friday’s Star (SOuth Africa allowing international treaties guaranteeing human rights standards to lapse so the ANC do not consider themselves bound to those rights) you will see above an article by Thami ka Plaaitjie opining on the South African civil service.

    The dumb hubristic kunt has just resigned in disgrace from the SABC which has pissed away billions due to corruption and mismanagement.

    If he is an expert on systems and logical modelling and management and administration why does the SABC look so ass-dragged?

    When mud people were running the SABC, my dear Maggs, it was a flag-ship. With standards not met in much of the world as anyone who keeps an eye on the camera-work during say tests against Australia knows.

    Apart from the fact that he ought not to have an opinion but should be sitting down shutting up in shame Plaatjie does not know what ‘common denominator’ means.

    Here’s a rule of thumb for the ANC’s deployed cadres. If you’ve fukked up shut up.

    Just common human decency.

    Plaatjie is proposing “a single public service” to .

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hey Goofy,

    I told him what you said.

    His reply “Brett GTYG”.

    I dunno what your GRANNY has to do with anything!

    I also showed him the middle finger (on your behalf of course).

    He just stared.

    WDYSTT eh?

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/n-Huis-hier-n-skool-daar-20130318

    ’n Huis hier, ’n skool daar

    2013-03-18 23:02
    Alet Rademeyer

    Meer as 400 nuwe skole kon met die R24,8 miljard gebou word wat provinsiale regerings luidens die ouditeur-generaal se jongste verslag onregmatig en ongemagtig bestee of verkwis het.

    Die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Rasseverhoudinge (SAIRV) het berekenings gedoen om te kyk op watter noodsaaklike projekte die verkwiste geld eerder uitgegee kon word.

    Volgens die SAIRV sou die regering onder meer 2,5 miljoen leerlinge vir ’n jaar in openbare skole kon onderrig, of vir 1,2 miljoen studente-plekke aan universiteite kon betaal of 7,4 miljoen kindertoelaes vir ’n jaar kon betaal.

    Hy sou ook 1,7 miljoen ouderdomspensioene vir ’n jaar kon betaal of 550 nuwe tronke kon bou, gegrond op die R45 miljoen waarvoor die een in Kimberley tans gebou word.

    ’n Nuwe skool kos sowat R60 miljoen, dus kon meer as 400 skole gebou word met die geld.

    Die regering sou ook 460 000 nuwe Hop-huise kon bou wat behuising kon verskaf aan meer as ’n kwart van alle huishoudings wat tans in informele nedersettings woon.

    Lucy Holborn, navorser aan die SAIRV, meen Suid-Afrikaners het so gewoond geraak aan korrupsie en geldverkwisting dat hulle maklik vergeet wat werklik met die geld gedoen kan word.

    Om ’n voorbeeld te gebruik waarmee politici dalk beter kan identifiseer, sou dit moontlik gewees het om ’n president se salaris teen die huidige bedrag vir meer as 9 000 jaar te betaal. Dit sou ook gebruik kon word om 120 Nkandlas te bou, het sy gesê.

    Volgens Holborn sluit die R24,8 miljard nie ongemagtigde, onreëlmatige en verkwiste besteding deur nasionale departemente of openbare ondernemings in nie.

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Hey G,

    Why are you speaking GARBLE?

    We know you can do civilised language!

    p.s. I know sign language – would you like a demo?

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    ROTFLMAO@ANC! We might have had to put February salaries on some unknown person’s credit card, BUT

    http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Tshwane-raad-is-nie-bankrot-20130318

    Tshwane-raad ‘is nie bankrot’
    2013-03-18 22:56

    Cobus Claassen

    Wys my ’n ander ­metro in die land wie se geldsake beter lyk as Tshwane s’n, het Kgosientso ­Ramokgopa, uitvoerende burgemeester van dié metro, gesê.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Apologies, my dear Maggs!

    That random-seeming “Plaatjie is proposing “a single public service” to .” was a gone-wrong cut-and-paste remnant.

    Do you want me to edit my post then post it again?

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hmmm!

    “Do you want me to edit my post then post it again?”

    Please do – I’d like to have another opportunity to insult, offend and humiliate you.

    p.s. Please don’t be angry with me – I’m such a nice guy!

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    You can be pretty funny as well. As my mother – an Angel from Heaven – used to say “Dit is net die manager se voet wat jou van die stage afhou!”

    Do you want to abandon your self-imposed mission to drive Anton into a padded room for a moment and express an opinion about Lcy’s article?

    R24,8bn. Provincial governments alone.

  • Gwebecimele

    Minister Radebe must not give in to these unrealistic demands from these underperformers. Those who are working hard must be recognised and promoted. JSC must note the names of those involved and scrutinize them when they apply to be judges. This exceptionalism is misleading the sun still rises without them.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Strike-by-magistrates-illegal-ministry-20130318

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    Gwebe, I suspect Aunty Helen has engineered the situation where the only three members on the SABC Board are WHITISTS. Soon we will see the SABC-TV becoming a mouthpiece for the DA – just as it was in the 1980′s!

    WDYS?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    UKZN – very much demonstrates this entitlement mentality. Burn down your own university and disrupt your own education if you feel disgruntled. I mean who the fuck do they think they are spiting besides themselves.

    “Luthuli told News24 they were working with management, but that “anything can happen”. “We have received reports that lectures have been disrupted and that police have arrested a number of individuals for participating in violent protest action,” university spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said in a statement.

    Mbadi said a meeting had been scheduled with student representatives and management. “Management sincerely regrets and does not condone the disruptions to lectures and the intimidation of staff and students,” she said.”

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Students-bring-UKZN-to-standstill-20120822

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    I say summarily expel those thankless bastards and give those [limited] opportunities to those who are not so privileged to have been given a opportunity to a university education. Same thing we did with mob of ANCYL brats and the Limpopo government.

    And while all that shite goes one – allow more Whites, Coloureds and Indians who appreciates the value of discipline and hard work a much larger quota. We are talking about our collective feature now, our nation cannot afford to be crippled by this sabotage mentality no more.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Gwebecimele

    @ Maggs

    I normally don’t take Bruce seriously.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Someone should tell Nic Borin that the slave-catchers were black and only several steps up the organisational chart became Arab.

  • Gwebecimele

    @ Dworky

    The three white members of the SABC have no reason to resign. Remember my point about Kortbroek he sits in cabinet without accountability. The burden to to transform, politicise, ignore, approve, suspend, appoint etc is usually reserved for deployed blacks while others are there on merit with no accountability.
    When it is time to clean up a “white” will be found to do spring cleaning.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Gwebecimele
    March 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    “kortbroek”

    LOL.

    I’m sure there must be couple of whites (even some greedy Guptas) you can find to blame in Cuba and in UKZN. Black man always find someone else to blame as he burns down his own house.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    And as our young people burn down their own universities in KZN in Cuba more of the same.

    Medical students in Cuba a bunch of ingrates: Nzimande

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/02/22/medical-students-in-cuba-a-bunch-of-ingrates-nzimande

    “A group of South African medical students on strike in Cuba over a monthly stipend displayed a lack of gratitude, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says.

    “The sense of entitlement and lack of gratitude displayed by these students who come from a country with such high levels of desperate need for higher education, and with limited state resources, is totally unacceptable,” Nzimande said in a statement.

    “I condemn it in the strongest terms.”

    At least 187 students studying medicine in Cuba have embarked on a protest action and a hunger strike, threatening to return to South Africa if their demands were not met.”

  • Gwebecimele
  • John Roberts

    Aaah what’s an article by Pierre without the obligatory smarmy dig at whites based on his own Freudian prejudices. In the first paragraph nogal!

    Here’s some news Pierre: It’s getting a bit fucking boring.

    Your “research”, as always, comes from sucking your thumb. (Although if you were flexible I suspect you’d suck something else)

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    The #Marikana enquiry is showing that Zuma’s pick for Police Commissioner is just as awful as Simelane for NDPP!

    “Just because I’m a woman” Phiyega is completely out of her depth if tweets are anything to go by.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Another judicial slap on the wrist for a murderer using a gun.

    http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Gestraf-na-hy-2-doodskiet-20130318

    Typical ‘Progressive’ thinking. Lets rather ‘ban the guns’ than get to grips with the people abusing them.

    Unless your surname is DuBuisson and all you’re guilty of is making jackal trapguns…

    These people are not governed by logic but their own personal hang-ups.

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Hey Goofy,

    Now that you raise it – what’s gonna be the impact of people printing guns using 3D printers especially considering that the technology is nearly ready?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Medical students in Cuba a bunch of ingrates: Nzimande

    Ozoneguy, I demand that Cmd Nzimande apologise and withdraw his offensive RACIST comments. (I bet he wouldn’t say such a thing if these were WHITISH students studying in the U.S. ) The students in Cuba are our best and brightest, and are to be praised for transposing their REVOLUTIONARY spirit to an alleged socialist paradise which, sadly, has lost some of its militancy in recent years!

    Thanks.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Maggs, I think people like you will still point your finger at white people and make ‘pow!’ ‘pow!’ sounds….

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ John Roberts

    “Aaah what’s an article by Pierre without the obligatory smarmy dig at whites”

    JR, you are perhaps unaware that, although the present government has its share of faults, the fons et origo of everything and anything bad – not excluding the South-Easter that buffets CT in the summer — is the depredations of COLONIALISM and APARTHEID. And it is precisely the fact that the Desperate Alternative and Dr Ramphele do not include the obligatory disclaimer that reveals that both are RACISTS who want to bring back white rule!

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    March 19, 2013 at 13:43 pm

    Hey G,

    “Maggs, I think people like you will still point your finger at white people and make ‘pow!’ ‘pow!’ sounds….”

    Indeed – using the real thing is harmful to life!

    But do speculate on the possibility of printing guns and what the consequences may be – perhaps a printed gun will be subject to the same laws as those forged from steel?

  • Zoo Keeper

    Maggs

    A gun is a gun, whether forged or printed it makes no difference legally. Quality concerns are another thing though.

    You might be safer being shot at by a printed gun! :)

  • Gwebecimele
  • Maggs Naidu – Towards a DUTY-FREE Cabinet! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    March 19, 2013 at 15:36 pm

    ZooKy,

    “You might be safer being shot at by a printed gun! :)”

    For now perhaps.

    In 5 years it will be different – materials technology especially at nano scale is improving in leaps and bounds with plastics now exceeding steel in strength.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Zooks

    “A gun is a gun, whether forged or printed it makes no difference legally.”

    I read on the internet that we will within 6 years have the technology to use 3-D printing to assemble a small tactical nuclear bomb! I for one would support allowing private militias to “print” their own bombs — subject to possession of a valid driver’s license. WDYS?